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>> colorado? the rockies? >> and san francisco. >> okay. >> i'm going to take denver. peyton manning and seattle will be as well. >> a wonderful thing. >> have a wonderful day. >> on this sunday, it is another obamacare delay. putting the brakes on the key obamacare provision. with employers discriminating against the employees. this according to the "new york times." that provision supposed to prevent the employers from favoring top executives by offering them better health care benefits. now the rule has been put on hold from the irs and they can find exactly what it means to be a highly complicated employee.
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we will begin with this a lot over the next few hours. welcome to america's news headquarters. >> this will be an important issue to a lot of people whether highly compensated or not. it's the latest in a string of delays and exemptions plaguing the controversial law. according to critics it's further proof that the law is doing more harm than good. live in washington, good morning, peter. >> good morning. that's right. people who sit on the board and carry a broom must be provided the same benefits by their bosses according to a regulation in the affordable care act that was supposed to take effect in 2010, a few months after president obama signed it into law, but has been delayed even further because the irs has not told companies what the rules are yet. they can't enforce a penalty when nobody knows what's right and what's wrong.
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under the affordable care act, for the first time all group health plans will be prohibited from offering coverage from the highest paid employees. the hhs and treasury are working on rules are working on requirements taking into account comments that were previously requested. they were caught a ton of money because for every lower level employee who does not get access to the same benefits, there is a penalty of $100 per worker per day. there is no date, but the big open enrollment period of healthcare.gov goes for 71 days. everyone without coverage is going to be fined. the administration said at least 22 million people signed up for new plans and haven't said how many have paid their premiums.
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the "wall street journal" is reporting that only 11% of the 2.2 million new sign ups were uninsured. a majority are coming from people whose plans were canceled. that creates how big of a dent the affordable care act would put in the population. >> one of the dents that it could put. great report. >> returning overseas to the deadly terrorist attack in afghanistan that claimed the lives of americans and happened in the restaurants that was popular. at least three americans were among the 21 people who were killed. it is the deadliest violence against people in afghanistan since the war began 13 years ago and it happened in one of the most heavily guarded areas of the nation. here are photographs of two of the victims who were so tragically killed. on the left is 27-year-old lexy
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cameron from chicago. she worked for the american university of afghanistan helping young women. her family said she was fearless and amazing and will be desperately missed. on the right, a somali american who was working for the charity of the united nations, unicef. >> to the battle against al qaeda, linked militants in iraq, the military and tribal militias are launching offenses in the western anvar province. they are controlling more territory as they wage the series of bloody attacks. it's so desperate that the government is appealing for more advanced weapons from the united states. you may remember the incredible sacrifices. who can forget what our troops did in liberating anvar early on
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in the iraq war. they may be getting back in. >> staying in the middle east, tomorrow is the deadline to deal with iran. it is a pivotal moment. 24 hours from now. they reached as you know with the u.s. and other power. the team from the un's watch dog, they are on the ground in iran right now. they are getting ready to make sure that tehran lives up to their side of the bargain. this deal already faces a lot of skepticism. there is a push for new sanctions if iran does not uphold the agreement. the other issue, growing demands to see the fine print over what was agreed to in the first place. joining us now as he does every sunday, u.s. ambassador and former ambassador to the united nations who joins us from san francisco this morning. good morning. >> good morning.
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>> so this deal, do you think it will stick? >> no, it won't. it's only an interim deal to begin with. the iranian side won all of the victories in the negotiation. all that iran has to do with a few exceptions is not perceived further with the existing nuclear program. it's not rolling anything back. on the other hand, the western countries with the u.s. and others gave iran a huge psychological victory and a key victory in agreeing to roll back the economic sanctions. heads of major european ku678s and auto manufacturing firms and others have gone to tehran in anticipation of a deal taking effect to cut deals with the iranian government and others. iran is very happy that january 20th is about to arrive. from their perspective it could signal a turning point in their
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efforts to legitimize their program. >> they can enrich uranium and they are violating resolutions demanding that they don't do that. they keep the enrichment and don't destroy them and keep the research and development and halt the plutonium site for now. they really don't take apart anything. what does that mean? >> this is significant. everything that iran conceded, using that word in quotes in the geneva negotiation is reversible. even with the provisions we talked about, the iranian side said they dispute what the text means. on research and development, for example, more sophisticated centrifuges and other components of the process, the iranians are saying they are not limited at all. that is something that is going
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to be hard for the international energy agency to detect. it's only going to locations that have been declared by iran. other locations, if almost everybody believes they won't see them at all. >> they are going in and is that enough? >> it's not even part of the agreement. that's a military site where they believe iran was researching triggers for potential nuclear devices. >> the iaea was good at what it does. it's very limited. the critical aspect here are the militarization parts of the weapons program. the systems and the weapons, all of that is off the table. what they do is only verify what the iranians have told them that they are doing. we know that already too. the administration said we are going to learn more about the
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iraq heavy water reactor. it's a heavy water reactor. it's not really a significant step forward, but gives a lot of coverage. >> they say they won and they beat the americans. basically boast being what they achieved. he said we can return again to 20% enrichment in less than one day and convert the color again. definitely the structure of a nuclear program will be preserved. nothing will be put aside. dismanted and halted and everything will continue. what does it mean when they said everything will continue? >> normally you have to take everything with a grain of salt. in this case, he's right. they cleaned our negotiations in geneva and the implementation in geneva. the white house has refused to release the text of the implementation agreement that caused many people in congress
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to wonder what's in it. how can you judge the merits of an agreement that the white house won't let you see. >> what happens finally six months from now. what's your prediction. >> i think they will slow roll with the terms of the geneva agreement and drive a truck through the loophole and the sanctions that have been created. they are going to adjust the pace for a solution for students themselves. they won a victory here and they understand how to exploit it and i'm afraid that's what they are going to do. they are on the way to legitimize the status and they made a major step towards getting nuclear weapons. >> they cleaned it up. always good to see you. >> thank you. eric. >> thank you so much. new allegations of political pay back against new jersey for governor chris christie. this time it comes from
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hoboken's dawn zimmer who said the administration potentially with held millions of dollars in her case, sandy aid because she refused to sign off on a political plan. they called zimmer's statements politically motivate and they have been helping her secure funds since sandy struck. these are new claims and come as he is embroiled in another scandal involving the controversial lane closures on the george washington bridge. eric? >> the fbi searching for the missing "wall street journal" reporter, david bird. he's an energy reporter and vanished on january 11th. mr. bird was last seen taking a short walk in the cold from new jersey. he say transplant recipient and needs daily medication. there is no intication of foul
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of his credit cards may have been used in mexico. the search continues. >> there no more answers so many days later. >> nfl fans will be treated to a championship game and it happened today. what role will mother nature play in those field battles and who would let a little weather get away. we will take a look at the weather ahead. >> the president on friday detailed changes in how he wants to overhaul the nsa and surveillance program. could it compromise our security? coming up, what former nsa director general michael hayden has to say about all this. that's on fox news sunday. we will have a preview. >> the united states only uses signals of intelligence for security purposes and not for the purpose of imdiscriminately reviewing the phone calls of
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. >> don't miss it as the sparks fly monday on the kelly files. >> welcome back, everybody. on friday, president obama laid out his own plan to reform the nsa's phone surveillance program. what he is trying to do is strike a balance between the need to protect your right to privacy and the government's ability to maintain national security. today on fox news sunday, former cia and nsa director michael hayden responded to the president's speech. >> i think there is a clear pattern between the domestic and the foreign piece. they have to cut back on capacities and he hopes that the margin is cutting into agility and putting administrative burdens on it. that could be risky. he is willing to accept that risk to preserve the programs. >> coming in now, the anchor of sunday. he does every sunday and it's great to see you.
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good morning. >> good morning to you. >> how substantial is the risk that he believes the president is willing to accept? >> if it's up to the intelligence, they want to be able to do everything all the time. any cut back and restrictions, they are concerned about that and i have to say what intrigues me and we talked to him and the chairman of the committee, pat leahy who wants to put much tougher restrictions. it seemed to me that hayden was happier than leahy. leahy felt the president could have gone further. hayden said the president preserved with some restrictions from greater transparency, the structure of government surveillance that george w. bush put into effect after 9-11. >> one of the issues has been a communication between agencies. they feel having been not only the director of the cia and nsa that good communication is going
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on and the information needed to keep us is getting into the hands of the right people? >> yeah. i don't think that's going to be affected so much. it's more the question about how individual agencies are going to be able to get information. let me give you an example of that. perhaps the most controversial part, the collection of billions of phone records. not that the content, but my number and your number and when i call and how long the call lasted. now a couple of things are going to happen. if the government wants to look at thatidate at and access it, try to find a needle in the haystack. that's taken up to nine days to get that court order. i don't think hayden likes that. before the government held on to the haystack, now the president is saying that between congress and the attorney general and a variety of other people, they can accomplish something else to
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find a good party and the phone companies don't want it or a private entity that they would hold it. that would make it harder. it's not the communication, but whether or not agencies have access to the information that's out there. >> some people will take comfort concerned about privacy if the phone numbers and the information collected is celled someplace else other than at the nsa. do you believe or do your guests believe they can come up with an independent, say it was the justice department. would that protect privacy? >> they would have to be a government agency. no difference between the justice department and the nsa. what they were talking about first is the phone companies are the ones who provide this and they have the information that i called you. my carrier will know that call was made. the phone companies don't want any of this because it means if
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somebody feels their privacy is invad invaded, they will sue the phone company. it would have to be private and not part of a government. it's very complicated. i'm not at all sure they will be able to come up with an adequate solution and it could end up being the government that continues to secure all of this. it's a huge amount of data. it's billions of phone records if anybody calls anybody. >> that is a big issue and it sounds like cha ching, it will come at a big price. we have to keep an eye on that. great to have you here. it is an exclusive. former cia and nsa director airs 2:00 and 6:00 on the fox news channel. interesting stuff. >> fascinating, absolutely. >> the wildfires in california and the dry conditions are continuing to try to hamper the situation and it continues to be a danger to those who are turning home. we will have a full weather forecast on what's going on with
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. arctic air and fast moving storms will be blasting the midwest and the northeast. this is that record drought that presents more danger in the foothills of los angeles. the evacuees head home as firefighters start to contain the wildfires. that's with the latest. >> what a difference between california and the upper midwest. we will be dealing with temperatures below average and record setting temperatures. the highs today in high 70s and
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the 80s and it still remains dry across much of california. almost 90% severe to exceptional drought. the rain deficits are over a foot needed in redding and over eight inches in san francisco as well as los angeles. we will be tracking that. we have this strong high pressure anchored across the west and those wind, the clockwise winds funnel through the valleys and canyons are giving us blustery conditions and threats to wildfires. the upper midwest and the great lakes and that is bringing us cold air. arctic air mass and in some cases temperatures minus 8 tuesday for green bay. it will not be as cold as it was in early january. it will be cold. we will continue to monitor this and the wildfires.
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extreme weather. >> bring up spring. the glam pack evening. walking away. i should say strutting with the task. what a movie. wow. it was an enjoyable evening. apparently i'm wearing the color of the evening. you might have caught that. i want to tell you, coming up on the other side of the break, sunday house calls. we will learn a lot more on how to stay healthy. great topics today. both here with us with some of your questions too. whether or not you should worry. we'll be right back with sunday house call. life's an adventure when you're with her.
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